Thank you to all who supported the Georgia Urban Forest Council on Georgia Gives Day, November 12.  Your contribution means the world to us, as it supports Georgia’s urban forests.  If you didn’t have a chance to participate in Georgia Gives Day, and would still like to make a donation to GUFC,  you still can! Just click on this link.  Thank you!


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GUFC presented the 25th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program  November 4 and 5 at the Savannah Desoto Hilton, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia.  Entitled The Forest Pharmacy:  Nature’s Prescription for Healthy  Communities,  this educational event featured outstanding speakers, educational sessions, and the Annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards.  Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the University of Washington led us through the latest research on the connection between human health and urban trees and nature.  Ray Tretheway, Executive Director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, spoke to us about his organization’s canopy analyses and the impacts on child, youth, and adult health.  Other noted national, state, and local speakers participated as well.  A highlight of this year’s conference was a walking tour of Savannah’s urban forest and historic squares.

Click here to view this year’s conference agenda.








More photos soon!

Thank you to all of our conference sponsors for helping us present this event:  Georgia Forestry Commission, Bartlett Tree Experts, Jefferson Heritage Tree Council, Davey Resource Group, Georgia Arborist Association, Coastal Arborist Association, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Legacy Arborist Services, Arbor Equity, Inc.; Fields, Inc.; Bold Spring Nursery, ARBORology, Trees Atlanta, GSWCC, Trees Columbus, Summershade, Arborguard Tree Specialists, Barneycastle Forestry Services, jB+a, Paulk Landscaping & Nursery, Downey  Trees, Forest Resource Solutions, Ossabaw Consulting, and Thomas Trees and Plants.

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GUFC’s Fall Ramble: Tour of Georgia Tech Campus and Arboretum

On October 8, we took the Georgia Tech Tree Tour. The Georgia Tech campus hosts approximately 130 species of trees. Georgia Tech’s Tree Campus USA committee has been maintaining data on these trees in a partnership with the Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the College of Architecture. We also learned about their 1.4 million gallon cistern under Tech Green that provides water for the Clough Undergraduate Learning Center and local irrigation and about their Augmented Reality application for mobile devices and tablets through which the trees can be viewed interactively.  Read more about Georgia Tech’s trees here.

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Agnes Scott College in Decatur hosted this popular conference on September 22.   Conference topics included Agnes Scott College’s urban forest audit, campus tree protection, water recycling, young tree pruning, nursery stock selection, Tree Campus USA, and the Agnes Scott Arboretum.



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The latest issue of GUFC’s SHADE Magazine helps communities manage urban trees in winter storms.

The 2015 issue of Shade covers urban Trees and winter storms. “Urban and Community SHADE 012015 final_Page_01Forestry: How to Prepare for Ice and Snow” is available in both an electronic and printed issue. Get your electronic issue by clicking here — and keep it handy as a reference guide. Topics include Documentation, Canopy Asessments, Mitigation Planning, Working with FEMA and GEMA, Talking to the Media and more.  Articles include “Document Your Way to Success,” “Don’t Strike Out!” (Urban Forest Strike Teams), “Fill Out that Plan,” “When Storms Top the News,” “Ice Storm 2014:  Damage Done, Lessons Learned,” and much more.


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Village Sentinel Live Oak in Waycross Named to Landmark & Historic Tree Register

The Village Sentinel Live Oak is located at Baptist Village in Waycross, Georgia and was Village Sentinel photo 4nominated to the Landmark & Historic Tree Register by Chris Heim of the Davey Tree Expert Company.  This live oak, which stands 77 feet high and has a spread of 155 feet and a circumference of 420 252inches, is over 400 years old and in excellent health.  The tree is the largest live oak in Georgia and the second largest in the country.  Baptist Village, a retirement community in Waycross, has been committed to the preservation of this tree, the highlight of the campus, and Davey Tree has been providing ongoing care for it since the 1950′s.  The Village Sentinel Oak was named to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Landmark and Historic Tree Register on January 7, 2015.   Photos by Chris Heim

To see the full list of trees on the Register and a map, click here.

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Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.

Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist.

A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link:

PowerPoint presentations from community forest storm mitigation workshops are available here:

Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.

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